The Explore and Discover staff is made up of caring and knowledgeable teaching professionals, each with an educational background in early childhood education and hands-on teaching experience. E & D provides teachers with exciting professional-development opportunities each year with the goal of maintaining program excellence. Staff turnover is low and allows children to develop consistent and strong relationships with their caregivers.
The bonds between young children and their caregivers take years to develop and should be nurtured and valued. E&D’s staff maintain these relationships, moving with children in their caregiving groups when the children are ready to change classrooms. We refer to this system as “Continuity of Caregiving”. Staying with groups of children also enhances the relationships formed between caregivers and parents. Our staff consists of a program director, four full-time primary caregivers, and three part-time support staff. All of our staff members are qualified early childhood teachers with years of experience and education in the profession.
Director | Emily (Emmy) Lichtenstein
My name is Emily Lichtenstein I am 30 years old and was born and raised in Boulder Colorado. I am currently the Assistant Director/ Infant Teacher at Explore and Discover.
It took me a few years to decide what I truly wanted to do, but after getting a job in childcare in 2005, I realized that I wanted to work with young children. I enrolled in school to earn my Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education. After being in school for a while, I realized I wanted to be a Director/ Administrator and have dreams to one day of having a center of my own. After getting my AA, I wanted to learn more and further my education, so I started my Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies. During my time in school, I was a nanny for six years for three great children that were 3 months, 3 years, and 4 years old. Now, six years later they are still a huge part of my life. At times it seems surreal that I have spent close to a decade teaching students but I am more than ecstatic to have found my true calling in life. Working with children, parents, teachers, and contributing to my community are true passions of mine that I have found in my past experiences and will continue to grow each day. Being able to be a part of raising children, seeing them grows, and developing a true bond with them is absolutely priceless.
Assistant Director | Fallon DeMarco
I’m Fallon and I have not always known I wanted to be a teacher. I have always known that kids are my calling but I explored many different options before choosing this path. I have chosen to be an early educator because I have realized that it is one of the, if not the most, important times in a developing life. Children are our future and knowing that I get to have a hand in shaping that is amazing and humbling to me.
I have recently relocated to Colorado from Indiana and hold my Bachelors in Child Development from Ball State University. I plan to continue my education and pursue a Masters in Education and Human Development and use it to help make an even bigger impact on more children and their families!
Elvira Olguin | Teacher
I have been working with children for 18 years. I started after high school working with school age children and from there, over time, I worked with all ages of children. I enjoy working at E&D because of the closeness the families share and the community feeling E&D has to offer. I am also a mother of a beautiful daughter who likes to come in and help us out from time to time. We love to travel when we can and enjoy all the things mothers and daughters do together.
Emily (Em) Milbauer | Teacher
I’m Em and I have always known that I would be a teacher. I began my journey working with children when I was twelve years old and started babysitting a newborn all day every Saturday. I have come a long way since then and have experience with children from birth through twelve years old. I have a bachelors in elementary education but, after falling into teaching preschool at a care center in Illinois, I have not wanted to go back to school age children. I fell in love with early childhood and have a passion for teaching children to love learning and literature early on. Plus, the messes and moments are the best! It’s chaos and miracles every day.
Danielle Jiminez | Teacher
I am Danielle Jimenze a mother of two beautiful kids; Gabriel who is 6 and Elliana who is 3. I have been working with kids for as long as I can remember, and decided very early on that teaching would be my career. I am currently in school pursuing my AA in Early Childhood Education. My favorite aspect of E&D is the parent involvement, and closeness between teachers and families. I truly enjoy sharing my passion for teaching with the kids every day and love seeing them grow!
Ash Albiniak | Teacher
Ash Albiniak is a Colorado native, although she has lived in Missouri, Washington, New York, and Illinois as well. She started working with kids at 21-years-old with the Boulder Valley School before-and-after-school program, which led to Daycare work (which led to her meeting Emmy!), and she has been a nanny for Sydney and Cooper for the last 6 years. In addition to childcare Ash has a background in Theatre (BA from UNC), Film (our own goofy stuff), and she has a culinary certificate from Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
Edna Parra | Teacher
My name is Edna, I recently just moved to the Denver area from Glenwood Springs, Colorado where I was born and raised my whole life. I come from a huge family with four siblings and a total of five nieces and nephews. So, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and work with children. Before moving to Denver I was working as a Toddler Teacher in Basalt, Colorado working with children ages 1-3 years old. I have found that Early Childhood Education is the most special part of a developing life and want to continue to be apart of that. I hold my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. However, I’m currently attending CU Denver full-time to finish my Bachelors in Special Education. When I’m not in a classroom or doing homework I spend my free time with my fiancé and our very playful dog, Rocko Bear.
Rhianna Hanson | Teacher
My name is Rhianna Hanson. I am a Colorado native and have always loved children. I was the child that always brought my baby doll with me everywhere. I am an avid reader and also enjoy listening to music and watching movies. I have earned three certificates and my AA Degree from Red Rocks Community College. I do plan on continuing my education in the future but presently I am excited to focus on my work with children. I look forward to watching children grow, learn, and become their own little people with their own personalities.